Use of the Word Fellowship
Use of the Term Fellowship
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Question / Issue:
"Do Catholics use the
word 'fellowship'? For example, would the term 'Coffee Fellowship' for coffee
after Mass be a good term to use?"
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That term is used by
the Early Church Fathers (at least in an English translation) and it appears in
both traditional and modern Bible translations, so there's nothing inherently
wrong with the term. However, this word is now commonly used by Protestants and
people may therefore associate the term with heretical 'worship services'.
Personally, I would recommend using another term for a Catholic activity
(perhaps club, guild, society, or something with Jesus, Mary, or a saint's
name). Also, I ran this by another Catholic and they similarly associate the
term "fellowship" with Protestants. They concurred in my recommendation to
choose another term.
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